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watch dr. sanjay gupta's special investigation on rare medical mysteries tonight 10:00 p.m. eastern. >> that's going to do it for us. see you back here tomorrow. cnn newsroom with kyra phillips starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. thanks so much. good morning, everyone. big news over the next couple of hours, the president's speech to the u.n. and republicans' pledge to undo the first two years in office. in '94 they had a contract with america. they'll have a pledge with america. a man visits a wife's grave for nearly five years and learns
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it's been empty the whole time. another victim of arlington national cemetery. and the international space station makes contact to the outer reaches of pittsburgh, texas. let me tell you what. there's one ham radio guy that's pretty excited. i'm kyra phillips. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." mega church pastor eddie long has 25,000 church members but today all of the attention is on just a few of his former followers. a third man has come forward accusing bishop long of coercing him into sexual relationships. all three men said that they were teenages when long lavished them with gifts and initiating sexual encounters. long canceled a scheduled radio interview and news conference. a spokesman for bishop long denies the accusations saying that the lawsuits are, quote, a shakedown for money. the bishop issued a statement
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and we turn to ed lavandera first broke this story. ed? >> quick-moving morning. anticipated to hear from bishop long on the tom joyner radio show. that radio appearance was canceled. but the attorney for bishop long a man by the name of craig gillen talked about that he denying the allegations again, strongly. devoted his life to helping young men and allegations and hurt me deeply and what was interesting and we have the sown of the radio interview this morning, the tone that the attorney took and what he said about thesal gage allegations. let's take a listen to it. >> these false allegations are an attack on bishop long personally. they are an attack on new birth,
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the entire church and all of its 25,000 good people who attend that church. and it's an attack on the mentoring program that's helped thousands of young men. it is deeply, deeply unfortunate that these allegations have been made. they will be met. >> and that was an interview that was done with roland martin and attack word came up several times in the questioning with him so there was definitely that sense of rallying the troops behind bishop long. and initially we were told that the statement that he was going to make on camera today, there were supporters standing behind him so right now he is not talking publicly. although the attorney did say that he will speak from the pulpit on sunday morning. >> and here's what's interesting. you tell me what you think. you've been talking with the various sources but the attorney representing these young men that have come forward says there's e-mails, text messages, pictures.
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some of the other networks have released pictures of eddie long taking pictures of himself, allegedly sent to other young men in this ministry in tight shirts and all muscled out. you know, do you get a sense that this is just the beginning? that we are going to see more, hear more, possibly see new bits of evidence supporting these claims. >> it will be interesting to see how that plays out. we were told initially hearing about the story a while back there were four young men that would come forward. so far, we have only seen publicly filed three cases. so perhaps that is more the attorney has told us on the record that she believes that there are many more who will come out and speak like this. but we can only speak to the ones that have been filed and what we see concretely here in this paperwork but that is the concern at this point. >> okay. we'll keep following it. ed, appreciate it. we're 40 days from the midterm elections.
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about an hour from now, republicans hope to close the sale. they roll out the pledge to america basically saying this is what we'll do and undo if you put us in power. cnn congressional correspondent data bash is in sterling, virginia. dana, are we talking about contract with america 2.0 here? >> reporter: in many ways, yes, kyra, the whole theme as you said among house republicans is to try to convince voters just six weeks before the election that they do have some plans to actually run the government. however, just look at where i am and the images of people remembering in 1994, how different it is. the last thing in the world that republicans wanted to do would be to stand on the steps of the capitol as they did back then representing everything that some of the people that they're really trying to get can't stand. that's why we are here at a small business. that's the emphasis today. the whole question of whether or not anything is different in here, we see a lot of what we have heard.
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the fact that they want to trim spending, the fact to make tax cuts permanent, the fact to repeal the president's health care plan and there are some small pieces in here that i think are interesting and i should show our viewers and clearly bones, if you will, to tea party voters trying to placate. first of all, pledging weekly votes on spending cuts. also, pledging to cut congress's budget and a net hiring freeze of non-security federal employees. and a vote on every regulation costing more than $100 million. so that appeals to the idea that people are fed up with washington spending. but also, if there's some things in here about congress, people are fed up with the fact they have to balance their budgets and do the hard things and washington and congress isn't and that's what you see in here. >> talk about the ptea party in all of this. >> reporter: well, the tea party i think it's very interesting that they put some very clear
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things in here to try to appeal to the tea party candidates and more specifically tea party voters. but what is interesting and noteworthy about the pledge to america is that they're not asking, the republican leadership not anybody to sign on to it. you will see rank and file members in here. the idea that house republicans have are to try to show faces besides the house -- the house minority leader john boehner and others that people don't usually see but some of the candidates out there, we don't unless we go balk to them we don't know if they sign on to this. they're not asked specifically to. very, very interesting. this is an attempt certainly to tell voters they're for something but you talk to even the authors, i was talking to some of them behind this building just a short while ago, the authors say this is not the most important thing for them and think the best weapon against the democrats is the democrats themselves and making the argument to the voter that is the democrats just simply
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have the wrong policies and this is just one little piece of their election year argument. >> all right. dana bash, thanks so much. president obama's ready to address the u.n. general assembly. that should be just less than an hour. the president expected warn of bloodshed in the middle east. in an excerpt from the speech he says that israelis and palestinians must reach a peace deal and other countries must help the process along. we'll carry that speech live 10:00 eastern hour. what will he say and how t outrageous will the comments be? we're seeing how interesting iran's president will be later this afternoon. protesters are still outside. condemning iran's treatment of women and gays as well as ahmadinejad's past comments on israel. the holocaust and 9/11. even called out the hilton hotel for letting iran's leader and crew stay there. many other hotels in new york city won't even let them in the door. a warning this morning for
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parents and child care providers. making of similac recalling 5 million cans of formula and some provisions of health care reform going in effect today. dr. sanjay gupta will join me to explain what it means to you. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow to finish what you started today. for the aches and sleeplessness in between, there's new motrin pm. no other medicine, not even advil pm, is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. new motrin pm. is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. i'm ahmed mady and i'm a homebuilder. my father brought me up to give back to society... felicia jackson promised her late sister that she would take care of her children. but she needed help. i used my american express open card to get half a million points to buy building materials to help build the jackson family a new home. well, i know if my dad was still around, he would have told me, with no doubt...
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parents, listen up. maker of similac recalled about 5 million cans of powdered baby formula after the company found a beetle in the product. abbott laboratories stopped production and shipment of this formula and it's fumigating the plant where they found the bug. it's certain products offered in plastic containers and certain similac powdered products offered in 8 ounce, 12.4 ounce and 12.9 ounce cans. the recall doesn't include liquid formulas made by abbott. for more information go to similac.com/recall or call 1-800-986-8850. an owner of one egg farm took the fifth. the owner of the other offered apology. the lawmakers looking into this summer's salmonella jaut break
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is not forgiving. especially after evidence of the egg farm. that was a pile of manure that pushed through the door. dead chickens were shown in a hen house and a mouse on the egg conveyor belt right there. it trigged the recall of a half a billion eggs and sickened 1,600 people. a victim told congress she was in intensive care after eating a custard tart. >> we were owl there celebrating an amazing achievement of my sister and not suspecting that night could change our lives for a long time. we look back at that night and say what our my grandma or daughter eaten that tart? they probably would have died. >> they refused to answer questions at the hearing. jack decoster said that he's been praying for those who got sick. >> we were horrified to learn
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that our eggs may have made people sick. we apologize to everyone who may have been sickened by eating our eggs. >> for years, state regulators in the northeast and the midwest have cited decoster's chicken and hog farms for poor conditions. new provisions of the health care reform act kick in today affecting your coverage and children's coverage. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins us to talk about the changes. some pieces of legislation already started but what happens today? it's much more sweeping reform, right? >> i think so. i think that's one way of looking at it. obviously, a lot of people focused on the specific provisions for sometime now and waiting for them to go into effect. one thing, kyra, numbers, premiums for what it costs the average person to buy health care insurance gone up over the last year for an individual about 5%.
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$5,000 a year now and for families of four, that's gone up about 3% so it's around $13,000 or so. so premiums gone up a little bit an enpeople paying attention to that but when you talk about the provisions specifically, a lot of people waiting for this for sometime go through them specifically, for example, under the new health plans, you can use an emergency room anywhere that you are so if you're traveling, kyra, in new york or atlanta, you can use an e.r. without having to pay more out of your home city. that's one thing. preventive services. something that people talk about a lot. mammography, thing that is prevent diseases, they won't have any charge including co-pays underneath the new health plan and something that they talked about a lot was an idea of the young invincibles, kyra. people in their mid-20s, too healthy. i don't need insurance. one of the things that they can stay under the parent's health care plans up until the age of 26 so they're extending the time
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frames to make sure the people continue to have insurance a little bit longer. there's lots of different provisions, kyra. those are the big ones and no discrimination of children based on pretis existing conditions. a sick child gets insurance regardless of the illness in the past, kyra. >> are the insurance companies abiding by the provisions of too early to tell? >> i think it's early to tell. the things i was just listing, obviously, with regard to the consumers but if you look at the health care bill closely, a lot of this is more insurance regulation than it is health care reform, frankly. you talk about some of the specific things, someone gets sick. they have, you know, a lifetime worth of medical expenses let's say. in the past insurance companies say there's a cap on how much we'll pay over the lifetime. a few hundred thousand dollars and the insurance kicks out. those caps will be limited. you can't cap one's lifetime
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benefits anymore under the new health care plan and can't cancel a policy for a preexisting condition. unless there's fraud, a policy cannot be canceled. that's the way it's supposed to work under the plan. you can't deny a claim without some sort of appeal so say the claim is denied, you can always appeal that now under this new health care plan and again this idea of children not being able to be discriminated against. insurance companies say -- i'll give you an example. in the past they would have children only plans. but now they worry that a family will say i won't buy insurance until the kid is sick and then buy it. you can't discriminate so a lot of insurance companies say we're not doing children-only plans anymore. it has to be for the whole family and preventing people from gaming the system and seeing things like that in terms of what they're doing. >> got it. sanjay, thanks. heavy rains triggered flooding in the streets and walkways in parts of tucson,
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arizona. rob's watching for that in addition to the nation and the weather kicking in. >> this is from tropical storm georgette was out in the eastern pacific and didn't talk too much about. hit the baja of california and training up into the desert southwest and, you know, you don't need a lot. they didn't see much more than a half an inch and an inch in some spots. that particular particular part of world, boom, this is what you get. most of the rain moved out into new mexico. parts of the plains now and it's training bup the upper midwest. this is area that's seen a large amount of moisture not just the past couple of days but the summer. we have flash flood warnings and watches for the remainder of today. could see another two to three or four inches of rain on top of what they have already seen and minnesota, 9 inches of rainfall. minnesota lake, almost 8.5. you get the idea.
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they're saturated right now and more rain pouring into the area. this is the forecast computer models we think we might see anywhere from four to six. this little sliver in northern wisconsin right see another half a foot of rainfall and big story is the heat. first full day of fall. doesn't feel like it. yesterday, louisville, 99 degrees. pinson, alabama, 97. memphis, tennessee, also mid-90s and similar numbers today with this sort of searing heat. 92 degrees in atlanta. 91 degrees in washington, d.c. as far as what's going on tropically, we have tropical storm lisa. this thing's just a mess out there. actually it was a tropical depression and not going to do much for us. this is what we're concerned about here in the caribbean. this is a good chance of bomb becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next couple of days. flying in there i think today. they canceled it yesterday but, yeah, you can see even the weather amateurs out there see that the red in the red box
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never a good sign so this thing could track toward the gulf of mexico, kyra, towards next week and why we're watching it carefully. >> thanks, rob. deaf boys raped or sexually abused by the priest and headmaster of their school. now as adults coming forward and seeking justice. >> translator: i went into his office. the door was closed. and father murphy, said take your pants down. >> exclusive interview with one of the victims who's now suing the vatican. when i was seventeen, i was not good to my skin.
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vatican is talking more about those money launderingal gags yesterday we told you about. the italian authorities seized $30 million from the vatican bank now. apparently didn't provide enough information of big wire transfers and the red flags just went up. today, the church calls it a misunderstanding between banks and that this will be easy to straighten out. and a small school for the deaf in milwaukee, wisconsin, as many as 200 deaf boys raped or sexually abused by the priests and headmaster. today, a cnn exclusive. the first interview with one of those victims who's now suing pope benedict. it's part of a special cnn documentary examining what pope benedict did or didn't do about this crisis. our gary tuchman has the story.
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>> reporter: at a lakeside retreat in northern wisconsin. >> come. >> reporter: terry tries to escape his past. it isn't easy. 50 years ago, when he was just 10 years old, terry, who is deaf, sent to the st. johns school in milwaukee, wisconsin. what happened there to terry and up to 200 other deaf boys is now central to the sex abuse crisis in the catholic church. and to the question of what pope benedict then cardinal ratsen ger knew about it all. terry has never spoken publicly about the horrors he endured at st. johns until now. what did he do to you? >> translator: and then it was that afternoon i went into his office. the door was closed. and father murphy said take your pants down.
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>> reporter: father lawrence murphy was the headmaster and priest at st. john's for more than two decades. he was a fund-raiser and respected church leader but father murphy has also been identified by dozens of deaf men who say he raped and sexually abused them as children for years. father murphy a's abuse would come to the direct attention of the cardinal but the handling of the case would stun murphy's victims. >> i think what the murphy case shows is the deference that cardinal ratsen jer and pope would give to the priests. >> what actually happens in court -- >> reporter: today terry is suing the vatican for what father murray did to him today. the lawsuit first names joseph ratzinger now pope. until now, terry is named on as john doe 16. >> translator: yeah, i was confused as to why he was having -- here he is a priest.
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you know, i was trying to figure out -- i mean, i can't believe a priest would do that. >> reporter: the priest is believed to have picked out victims who were especially vulnerable or had been through tragedy already in their young lives. terry fit that pattern. >> translator: my brother was electrocuted. died when i was 10. and when i was 11 my father hung himself. and at 12 my favorite dog died and tore me up. i saw father murphy and i thought that he could be a second father. >> reporter: tell me why, terry, you have decided to file suit. what do you want to see happen? >> translator: i want the see the vatican because i've been waiting for all these years for them to excommunicate, defrock father murphy but they haven't. >> and to find out what cardinal rat zinger knew and did about
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well, every thursday wall street gets new labor numbers to look over and the past two weeks we saw signs of improvement. two steps forward, one step back. that's exactly and unfortunately what we're seeing. alison kosik with a preview. >> we made a u-turn here. weekly jobless claims rose last week coming in at 465,000 and that's just the first time filers from last week and it's a very high number to say the least and that's why we're looking at a lower open on wall street today. all right. here's an announcement we have been expecting for quite a while. blockbuster video filed for bankruptcy. the video rental company is drowning under almost $1 billion of debt and struggling against competitors like netflix and red box. blockbuster plans to keep the stores and kiosks open in bankruptcy to check out the movies. all right. checking on the early numbers, dow industrials down about 56.
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nasdaq is off by 16. and finally, kyra, you're planning to fly this holiday season? you better get your flight booked real soon. airline trade group says the average price to fly a mile, it surged by 14% last month. and as ceo of fare compare.com says it will only get worse in the holidays and another estimate from "usa today," the average domestic airfare for thanksgiving flights sitting at about 400 bucks up 10% from last year. experts, kyra, telling us book early. be flexible in your travel days and you may be able to save a couple bucks. kyra? >> yeah. easier said than done. thanks. >> i know. >> sure. redefining the early years. some scientists saying and believe that the things that make you so unique like your intelligence, your health, even your personality may actually all be shaped in the womb. it's a fascinating theory that may have you looking in the mirror just a little bit differently.
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"american morning's yts john roberts spoke to a woman that studied this topic and joins us for today's "am extra." did you learn anything that you didn't know? >> absolutely. i mean, that's the great thing of this business is every day you go home a little smarter than you come into work. >> free education. >> we talked with annie murphy paul. she writes the cover story of this week's "time" magazine of fetal origins, the idea that the first nine months of life while you're developing in the womb are potentially the most important of your entire life in terms of the type of person who you turn out to be. for example, if you have a low birth weight baby, there's a chance, a greater chance that that baby will eventually develop heart dad disease. there's a chance that the child becomes obese later on in life. and according to annie murphy paul doing research on this,
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years she has a new book coming out tuesday, there's foods that a mother can eat. this goes beyond regularly eating healthy foods or taking foalic acid or whatever, foods to eat to confer an immunity against dread diseases like cancer to the newborn baby. here's what she said. >> there is a really striking study in which pregnant mice were given a chemical that was derived from cosif rous vegetables like broccoli and brussel sprouts and their offspring were able to resist cancer for the rest of lives even exposed to a cancer-causing chemical and only encounter the protective chemical in the womb but lasted for their entire life. >> okay. we have heard about how certain foods have nutrients and all of that that's really good for the baby. but we have also heard a lot about stress, as well. the mother's personality and how she is on the daily basis.
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do we know how much of an impact that has on the fetus? >> we don't know for sure but there's a growing body of evidence that a mother's state of mind and conditions she is living in have a very profound effect on the development of the baby. for example, a study was done in china in what was called the great leap forward which was really a great deep back ward and a terrible famine. babies who were born to mother that is didn't have adequate nutrition in that time has twice, twice the indense of developing schizophrenia later on in life. so you're thinking, okay, stress is bad. not in all cases. a small amount of stress, just a little bit of stress, not a whole lot, in china talking about a crushing amount of stress, a little bit of stress is actually good for mental development and can increase the intelligence of your newborn child. so kyra, you know, we already
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know the add mmonitions of not drinking or smoking and now there's evidence of fetal development. nothing to worry about but something to look forward to as potential promise for having the best child you possibly can. >> i still can't get past the brussel sprouts. broccoli, okay. working on the stress but i don't know about the brussel sprouts. >> should you ever find yourself in that way, better learn to like brussel sprouts. >> yeah. all right. that's great information. thanks, john. for months we have hammered arlington national cemetery for bungling graves, possibly 6,600 of them. coming up, once again another one of those stories and see what they do to the families involved. we're talking to a man that's been visiting an empty grave for almost five years. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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u.n.. the focus, mideast peace and reminding thattal tern tv of peace is more blood and violence. parents beware. the makers of similac recalling about 5 million cans of baby formula. workers at one plant found a beetle in the product. mega church pastor eddie long keeping a low profile after a third sex abuse allegation. he canceled a news conference and interview today but his spokesman says he denies all the allegations. eyeing hillary clinton's old seat, republicans making inroads and that's what we're talking about in our political ticker.
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okay. let's see when's crossing the
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political ticker. paul steinhauser in washington, what's crossing, paul? >> kyra, you will get this first. i'm writing the story still. it's not up yet. you get it first. hillary clinton's old senate seat. remember, before she was secretary of state she was the senator of new york state. that seat now is held by gillibrand, a democrat, as well. and she is running for the -- to fill the last two years of the term. a new poll of quinnipiac says it's a tight race. challenger, former congressman, he's also the father of karen diagardi and she was a judge on that show for a couple of years. wisconsin, check these numbers out. brand-new cnn-"time" smag zone opinion research poll.
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a guy of ron johnson backed by the tea party movement it's a close race. johnson on poll. six-point advantage. that's right around where the sampling error is in that contest. we'll keep a close eye on wisconsin. new york and all these other senate seats. one other things. brand new this morning. come on in here. take a look at this right here. cameraman, i put this up a few minutes ago. i confirmed this morning that vice president joe biden took a few minutes out of the schedule this morning for a fund-raiser for barbara mccull ski. she has an easy race. as the president or vice president, helping out democrats, just part of the schedule. kyra, back to you. >> that is apaul, thanks. for all of the latest political news, go to cnnpolitics.com. international space station makes contact to the outer reaches of pittsburgh, texas. one thrilled ham radio guy.
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it's tough being a hero. we have told you how many army suicide raids and ptsd cases are on the rise and more veterans dealing with drug abuse, homeless and unemployment and va failed so many veterans exposing
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thousands of them to potentially fatal diseases with sloppy hospital practices and after all that, we have yet another story we won't let go. articling national cemetery. to be buried there is the final and lasting honor. it's the most sacred resting place for the fallen. but we now know up to 6,600 graves may be marked wrong, tombstones dumped and scattered. burial urns tossed into piles and records are a mess. it is these stories that tugged at the heart of retired air force control knell cook jr. wondering if his wife were buried in the place. at first, the cemetery assured him everything was in order and then called back to apologize and confirm his worst fears. he had been visiting the wrong grave for almost five years. his wife was buried one plot to the right in a space marked by a headstone for an army staff sergeant. his wife's plot, they said, was
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empty. retired colonel william cook jr. joins me live from raleigh, north carolina. i tell you what. that must have been heart breaking when you got that call. >> yes, it was. since i had been -- i guess you'd say elated when they told me everything was okay. and then all of a sudden everything wasn't okay. >> so tell me what you did and how you pursued this and if you, you know, feel any better at the answer that you got. >> well, i feel better about the answer i got but i'm still a little upset that some of the people that were involved in all of this have pretty much gotten away with what they did and there's been what i see as no punishment and i think there should be because as you pointed out these are hallowed grounds where our heroes are laid to rest for eternity.
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the surprising part was the fact that i for four and a half years as you said i'm visiting an empty grave and sending flowers and wreaths, christmas time and other things to an empty grave. i empty grave. i even took jean's mother up there show she could see her daughter's grave and it was not really her daughter's grave. >> so, when you saw the news coverage and you wondered if your wife was in the right spot, and you made the call, and then they called to tell you it was in the wrong spot, did you go there to see the casket, to make sure it was her remains? how did you confirm that, in deed, it was your wife, and do you know if she's in the right spot now colonel? >> um 99% sure, but i'm not 100, because she was buried in a wooden casket, and when they dug up the grave site that was next to her looking for a metal
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casket, that's when they found a wooden casket, and i was told by the funeral directors who i spoke to after this all transpired, the ones that handled her burial, that arlington put little signs on the casket saying this is so and so and should be buried in such and such a place, and so when i called arlington and asked them about that, the answer was, well, we're doing it now, which means they weren't doing it in the past, which kind of bothers me a little bit, too. >> understandable. your wife died of lung cancer,that right? >> that is correct, yes, ma'am. >> so, tell us about her, colonel. what do you miss the most? >> well, my wife was a minister. and a very religious person. as a matter of fact, she started an organization called the jean koch evangelistic association, and i'm still running it and
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it's ongoing and kind of dedicated to her life, and i was married to her for 35 years. we traveled pretty much all over the world, and everything was going great until she got the lung cancer. >> wow, what a blessing that you are still keeping her spirit alive. that is so terrific and so as you move forward now, how are you going to hold arlington accountable? do you want something more from them or the president to give you and your fellow comrades more peace about what you're dealing with? >> i would like to see them be a little more open. apparently it's like pulling teeth to get them to say, yes, we did this or it's our problem. i would also like to see the president stand up four our veterans and say, hey, folks, arlington is a hallowed place, and we need to make sure this
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doesn't happen again, that the problems will be solved, and we won't have to go through this -- i shouldn't say we. i should say the dependents and the moil people themselves won't have to go through this again. >> to our viewers that may not understand why your wife is buried there. that's one of the blessings about serving in the military, when do you have the honor of being in arlington, your spouse gets to be buried with you, right? >> yes, that's correct, in the same grave site. >> right. >> well, i'll tell you what, when is the next time you're going to go visit the grave site? >> well, probably later this year. i'm waiting because right now it's kind of messy because they've dug is all up, and if you look at pictures, it looks more like a lot of dirt rather than a nice grassy look that you normally see where the head tone stones are. >> that's a hard thing to see.
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you follow up with us, colonel koch, please and let us know that everything is in a good and final place for you. we would love to follow up. >> okay, i will certainly will do that. >> we lift up your wife today and think about her. we did reach out to arlg national cemetery to come on our show. the person in charge gave us a statement. she said the army inspector general investigation found that mistakes were made in the past and we are aggressively working eve and every today to correct them. to the families whose loved ones have been buried there, we know your faith has been tested but you have my promise we will correct these errors. >> let's check in with elizabeth cohen. crucial provisions of health care reform go into effect today, kyra. what they are and how they affect you at the top of the
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hour. i'm stephanie elam in new york. what do those provisions mean for your wallet? are premiums and kobe pays going up? >> i'm alison kosic at the new york stock exchange. we're watching the stocks retreat because of the fresh reports. we will look at the economy next hour. thanks so much. also ahead, selena gomez mays a wizard on television but is hoping to lend her magic to a good cause. the halloween tradition is celebrating a milestone. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow
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it's not exactly e.t. using a turntable to phone home but close. someone used a ham radio to contact the international space station, and he did it. no small feat. he's joining us not by ham radio but on the phone from pittsburg, texas. darryl, did you actually talk to the astronauts or just make contact? >> just making contact. at the rate of speed they go
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over, the window of opportunity to talk to them is very narrow. all you can do is put up your call sign and see they returned it. >> so they returned it. could you hear anything else besides the return that you actually made contact? >> no. you call up on one frequency, and they return your call on a secondary frequency, so i can't hear anybody else that's calling up, and as soon as he turns mine loose, he's going to the next guy. >> how did you actually track the space station, darryl? >> nasa has got a good satellite tracking software built into their website that you can track it. i used one that a ham radio operator has on line. the graphics are a little bit better on it, and the space station iss fan club is where i
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get the opportunity to put up an area that tells just how long your opportunity is, and if you can get one eight to ten-minute window, it's a good chance you'll get to them. >> you are 53 years old. i know you have been doing this for 30-some years. is this the coolest connection you ever made, the most interesting? >> i have only been licensed since february. i have been associated with ham radio for 30-some years, so this is by far the best -- you can't hardly top it. unless they put a station on the moon or mars or something. >> that's true. it's pretty amazing. >> here on earth, the best you can do is like somebody maybe 30, 50 miles away from you because you have to use repeaters and everything. >> pretty remarkable that you did that.
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i'm real curious. before i let you go, if you would have been able to talk to the astronauts, what would you have said? >> i would just love to carry on a conversation. i'm not a golfer, but i think colonel wheellock probabl is, things like that. get a little background on him. what does he like to do, find out something about him, you know, because everything's kind of -- in that kind of a window, you just don't have an opportunity to ask him anything. >> we'll do our research, darryl and see if we can connect you two, okay. maybe once he gets back, we can finally put you to together. let us know if you make any contact with anybody else, especially on mars. that would be interesting. thanks, darryl. darryl young out of pittsburg, texas. it's 10:00 in the east. any minute now the president is
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expected to walk out and address the u.n. general assembly. we are carrying that live from new york. live from sterling, virginia, outside d.c., republicans will roll out their pledge to america. 21 promises that the gop hopes will close the sale on election day and put them back in power. that official announcement expected any minute. you know this is no ordinary time for our people. each of us comes here with our own problems and priorities. but there are also challenges that we share in common as leaders and as nations. we meet within an institution built from the rubble of war. designed to unite the world in per suit of peace. and we meet within a city that for centuries has welcomed people from across the globe.
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demonstrating that individuals of every color, faith and station can come together to pursue opportunity. build a community. and live with the blessing of human liberty. outside the doors of this hall, the blocks and neighborhoods of this great city tell the story of a difficult decade. nine years ago, the destruction of the world trade center signaled a threat that respected no boundary of dignity or decency. two years ago, this month, a financial crisis on wall street devastated american families on main street. and these separate challenges have affected people around the globe. many and women and children have been murdered by extremists from
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casablanca to london, from jalalabad to jakarta. the global economy suffered an enormous blow during the financial crisis, crippling markets and deferring the dreams of millions on every continent. underneath these challenges to our security and prosperity lie deeper fears. that ancient hatreds and religious divides are once again ascending, that a world whiches that grown more interconnected has somehow slipped beyond our control. these are some of the challenges that my administration has confronted since we came boo office, and today i'd like to talk to you about what we have done over the last 20 months to meet these challenges, what our responsibility is to pursue peace in the middle east and what kind of world we are trying to build in this 21st century.
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let me begin with what we have done. i have had no greater focus as president than rescuing our economy from potential cat controversy, and in an age when prosperity is changed we need helple. we have a renewed demand that could restart job creation. we are reforming our system of global finance, beginning with wall street reform here at home so that a crisis like this never happens again. and we made the g-20 the focal point for international coordination, because in a world where prosperity is more diffuse, we must broaden our circle of cooperation to include emerging economies, economies from every corner of the globe.
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there is much to show for our efforts. even as there is much work to be done. the global economy has been pulled back from the brink of a depression and is growing once more. we have resisted protectionism, and are exploring ways to expand trade and commerce among nations. but we cannot and will not rest until these seeds of progress grow into a broader prosperity, not only for all americans but for peoples around the globe. as for our common security, america's waging a more effective fight against al qaeda while winding down the war in iraq. since i took office, the united states has removed nearly 100,000 troops from iraq. we have done so responsibly. as iraqis have transitioned to
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lead responsibility for the security of their country. we are now focused on building a lasting partnership with the iraqi people while keeping our commitment to remove the rest of our troops by the end of next year. while drawing down in iraq, we have refocused on defeating al qaeda and denying its affiliates a safe haven. in afghanistan, the united states and our allies are pursuing a strategy to break the taliban's moment tim and build the capacity of afghanistan's government and security forces so that a transition to afghan responsibility can begin next july. and from south asia to the horn of africa, we are moving toward a more targeted approach, one that strengthens our partners and dismantles terrorist networks without deploying large american armies.
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as we pursue the world's most dangerous extremists, we're also denying them the world's most dangerous weapons. in pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. earlier these year, 47 nations embraced a work plan to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years. we have joined with russia to sign the most comprehensive arms control treaty in decades. we have reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our security strategy. and here at the united nations, we came together to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. now, as part of our effort on nonproliferation, i offered the islamic republican of iran an extended hand last year, and
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underscored that it has both rights and responsibilities as a member of the international community. i also said in this hall that iran must be held accountable if it failed to meet those responsibilities, and that is what we have done. iran is the only partner to the mpt that cannot demonstrate the peaceful intentions of its nuclear program, and those actions have consequences. through u.n. security council resolution 1929, we made it clear that international law is not an empty promise. now, let me be clear once more. the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iraq and the door remains open to diplomacy should iran choose to walk through it but the iranian government must
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confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear programs. as we combat the spread of deaddy weapons, we're also confronting the specter of climate change. after making historic investments in clean energy and efficiency at home, we helped forge an accord in copenhagen that for the first time commits all major economies to reduce their emissions. we are keenly aware this is just a first step. in going forward, we will support a process in which all major economies meet our responsibilities to protect the planet while unleashing the power of clean energy to serve as an engine of growth and development. america's also embraced unique responsibilities that come with our power. since the rains came and the floodwaters rose in pakistan, we have pledged our assistance and we should all support the pakistani people as they recover and rebuild.
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and when the earth shook and haiti was devastated by loss, we joined a coalition of nations in response. today, we honor those from the u.n. family who lost their lives in the earthquake. and commit ourselves to stand with the people of haiti until they can stand on their own two feet. amidst this upheaval, we have also been persistent in our pursuit of peace. last year, i pledged my best efforts to support the goal of two states, israel and palestine, living side by side in peace and security as part of a comprehensive peace between israel and all of its neighbors. we have travelled a winding road
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over the last 12 months with few peaks and many valleys. but this month, i am pleased that we have pursued direct negotiations between israelis palestinians in washington. sharm al shaykh and jerusalem. now, i recognize many are pessimistic about this process. the cynics say that israelis palestinians are too distrustful of each other and too divided internally to forge lasting peace. rejectionists on both sides will try to disrupt the process with bitter words and with bombs. and with gunfire. some say that the gaps between the parties are too big. the potential for talks to break down is too great, and after decades of failure, peace is simply not possible.
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i hear those voices of skepticism. but i ask you to consider the alternative. if an agreement is not reached, palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state. israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to co-existence. the hard realities of demoography will take hold and this holy land will remain a symbol of our differencens instead of our common humanity. i refuse to accept that future, and we all have a choice to make. each of us must choose the path of peace. of course, that responsibility
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begins with the parties themselves, who must answer the call of history. earlier this month at the white house, i was struck by the words of both the israeli and palestinian leaders. prime minister netanyahu said, i came here today to find a historic compromise that will enable both people to live in peace, security and dignity. president abbas said, we will spare no effort and we will work diligently and tirelessly to ensure these negotiations achieve their cause. these words must now be followed by action. and i believe that both leaders have the courage to do so. but the road that they have to travel is exceedingly difficult. which is why i call upon israelis palestinians and the world to rally behind the goal
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that these leaders now share. we know that there will be tests along the way, and that one test is fast approaching. israel's settlement moratorium has made a difference on the ground and improved the atmosphere for talks. our position on this issue is well known. we believe that the moratorium should be extended. we also believe that talks should press on until completed. now is the time for the parties to help each other overcome this obstacle. now is the time to build the trust and provide the time for substantial progress to be made. now is the time for this opportunity to be seized. so that it does not slip away. peace must be made by israelis palestinians, but each of us has a responsibility to do our part as well.
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those of us who are friends of israel must understand the true security for the jewish state requires an independent palestine, one that allows the palestinian people to live with dignity and opportunity. and those of us who are friends of the palestinians must understand that the rights of the palestinian people will be won only through peaceful means, including genuine reconciliation with a secure israel. i know many in this hall count themselves as friends of the palestinians, but these pledges of friendship must now be supported by deeds. those who have signed onto the arab peace initiative should she's this opportunity torque make it real, by taking tangible steps towards the normalization that it promises israel and those who speak on behalf of palestinian self-government should help the palestinian
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authority politically and financially, and in doing so, help the palestinians build the institutions of their state. those who long to see an independent palestine must also stop trying to tear down israel. after thousands of years, jews and arabs are not strangers in a strange land. after 60 years in the community of nations, israel's existence must not be a subject for debate. israel is a sovereign state. and the historic homeland of the jewish people. it should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at israel's legitimacy will only be met by the unshakable opposition of the united states. and efforts to threaten or kill israelis will do nothing to help the palestinian people. the slaughter of innocent
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israelis is not resistance. it's injustice. and make no mistake, the courage of a man like president abbas, who stands up for his people in front of the world under very difficult circumstances is far greater than those who fire rockets at innocent women and children. the conflict between israelis arabs is as old as this institution, and we can come back here next year as we have for the last 60 years and make long speeches ability it. we can read familiar lists of grievances. we can table the same resolutions. we can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate, and we can waste more time by carrying forward an argument that will not help a single israeli or palestinian child achieve a better life. we can do that. or we can say that this time will be different. that this time, we will not let
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terror or turbulence or posturing or petty politics stand in the way. we will not think of ourselves but the young girl in gaza who wants to have no ceiling on her dreams or the young boy who wants to sleep without the nightmare of rocketfire. this time we should draw upon the teachings of tolerance that lie at the heart of three great religions that see jerusalem soil as sacred. it's time we should reach for what's best within ourselves. if we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the united states, an independent sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. [ applause ]
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it is our destiny to bear the burdens of the challenges that i've addressed -- recession and war and conflict. and there's always a sense of urge circumstance even emergency that drives most of our foreign policies. indeed, after a millennia marked by wars, this very institution reflects of desire of human beings to create a forum to deal with marriages that will inevitably come. but even as we confront immediate challenges, we must also summon the foresight to look beyond them and determine what are we trying to build over the long term. what is the world that awaits us when today's battles are brought to an end? that is what i would like to talk about with the remainder of my time today. one of the first actions of this general assembly was to adopt a
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universal declaration of human rights in 1948. that declaration begins by stating that recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. the idea is a simple one. that freedom, justice and peace for the world must begin with freedom, justice and peace in the lives of individual human beings. and for the united states, this is a matter of moral and pragmatic necessity. as robert kennedy said, the individual man, the child of god, is the touch tone of value. and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit.
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so we stand up for universal values because it's the right thing to do. but we also know from experience that those who defend these values for their people have been our closest friends and allies. while those who have denied those rights, whether terrorist groups or tire ran cal governments have chosen to be our adversaries. human rights have never gone unchallenged, not in any of our nations, not in our world. tyranny is still with us, whether it manifests itself in the taliban killing girls who try to go to school, a north korean regime that enslaves its own people or an armed group in congo that uses rape as a weapon of war.
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in times of economic unease, there can also be an anxiety about human rights. today, as in past times of economic downturn, some put human rights aside for the promise of short-term stability. or the false notion that economic growth can come at the expense of freedom. we see leaders abolishing term limits. we see crackdowns on civil society. we see corruption, smothering entrepreneurship and good governance. we city democratic reforms deferred indefinitely. as i said last year, each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its own people. yet experience shows us that history is on the side of liberty. that the strongest foundation for human progress lies in open economies, open societies, and
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open governments. so to put it simply, democracy, more than any other form of government, delivers for our citizens. and i believe that truth will only grow stronger in a world where the borders between nations are blurred. america's working to shape a world that fosters this openness. for the route of a closed or corrupt economy must never eclipse the energy and innovation of human beings. all of us want the right to educate our children torque make a decent wage, to care for the sick and to be carried as far as our dreams and our deeds will take us, but that depends upon economies that tap the power of our people, including the potential of women and girls. that means letting entrepreneurs start a business without paying a bribe, and governments that support opportunity instead of stealing from their people.
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and that means rewarding hard work instead of reckless risk taking. yesterday, i put forward a new development policy that will pursue these goals, recognizing that dignity is a human right, and global development is in our common interest. america will partner with nations that offer their people a path out of poverty. and together we must unleash growth that powers by individuals and emerging markets in all parts of the globe. there is no reason why africa should not be an exporter of agriculture. which is why our food security initiative is empowering farmers. there's no reason why entrepreneurs shouldn't be able to build new markets in every society, which is why i hosted a summit on entrepreneurship earlier this spring. because the obligation of
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government is to empower individuals, not to impede them. the same holds true for civil society. the arc of human progress has been shaped by individuals with the freedom to assemble and by organizations outside of government that insisted upon democratic change, and by free media that held the powerful accountable. we have seen that from the south africans who stood up to apartheid to the poles of solidarity to the mothers who disappeared who spoke out against the dirty war to the americans who marched against the rights for all races, including my own. civil society is the conscience of our communities, and america will always extend our engagement abroad with citizens beyond the halls of government, and we will call out those who suppress ideas and serve as a voice for those who are voiceless.
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we will promote new tools of communication so people are empowered to connect with one another, and in repressive societies to do so with security. we will support a free and open internet so individuals have the information to make up their own minds. and it is time to embrace and effectively monitor norms that advance the rights of civil society and guarantee its expansion within and across borders. open society supports open government. but it cannot substitute for it. there's no right more fundamental than the ability to choose your leaders and determine your destiny. now, make no mistake, the ultimate success of democracy to the world won't come because the united states dictates it. it won't come because individual citizens demand a say in how they are governed.
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there is no soil where this notion cannot take root. every democracy shows the uniqueness of a nation. later this fall, i will travel to asha and visit india, which peacefully threw off colonialism, and developed a thriving democracy of over 1 billion people. i will continue to indonesia, the world's largest muslim country that glues together thousands of islands through the glue of government and civil society. i will join the g-20 meeting on the korean peninsula that has a contrast that is dynamic and open and free and one that is imprisoned and closed. and i will conclude my trip in japan, an ancient culture that found peace and extraordinary development through democracy. each of these countries gives life to democratic principles in their own way.
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and even as some governments roll back reform, we also celebrate the courage of a president in colombia who willingly stepped aside for the promise of a new constitution in kenya. the common thread of progress is the principle that government is accountable to its citizens, and the diversity in this room makes clear. no one country has all of the answers, but all of us must answer to our own people. in all parts of the world, we see the promise of innovation to make government more open and accountable, and now we must build on that progress. and when we gather back here next year, we should bring specific commitments to promote transparency to fight corruption, to energize civic engagement and build new technology to strengthen the foundation of freedom in our own country while living up to the
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ideals that can light the world. this institution can still play an indispensionible role in the advance of human rights. it's time to welcome the rights of u.n. women to protect the rights of women around the globe. [ applause ] it's time for every member stalt to open its elections to international monitors and to increase the u.n. democracy fund. it's time to reinvigorate u.n. peacekeeping so that missions have the resources necessary to succeed. and so atrocities like sexual violence are prevented and justice is enforced because neither dignity nor democracy can thrive without basic security, and it's time to make this institution more accountable as well because the challenges of a new century demand new ways of serving our common interests.
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the world that america seeks is not one we can build on our own. for human rights to reach those who suffer the boot of oppression, we need your voices to speak out. in particular, i appeal to those nations who emerged from tyranny and inspired the world in the second half of the last century. from south africa to south asia, from eastern europe to south america. don't stand idly by. don't be silent. when dissidents elsewhere are imprisoned, and protesters are beaten, recall your own history because part of the price of our own freedom is standing up for the freedom of others. that belief will guide america's
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leadership in this 21st century. it is a belief that has seen us through more than two centuries of trial, and it will see us through the challenges we face today, be it war or recession, conflict or division. so even as we have come through a difficult decade, i stand here before you confident in the future, a future where iraq is governed by neither tyrant nor a foreign power, and afghanistan is freed from the turmoil of war, a future where the children of israel and palestine can build the peace that was not possible for their parents, a world where the prom of development reaches into the prisons of poverty and disease, a future where the cloud of recession gives way to the light of renewal, and the dream of opportunity is available to all. this future will not be easy to reach.
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it will not come without setbacks, nor will it be quickly claimed. but the founding of the united nations is a testament to human progress. remember, in times that were far more trying than our own, our predecessors chose the hope of unit over the ease of division. and made a promise to future generations that the dignity and equality of human beings would be our common cause. it falls to us to fulfill that promise and though we will be met by dark forces that will test our resolve, americans have always had cause to believe that we can choose a better history, that we need only to look outside the walls around us. for through the citizens of every conceivable ancestry who make this city their own are we see living prove that opportunity can be accessed by all, that what unites us as human beings is far greater than
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what divides us, and that people from every part of this world can live together in peace. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> president of the united states addressing the u.n. general assembly there. his main point of focus, middle east peace and talking directly to israelis palestinians. take a quick break. well-being. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nurture it in your cat with a full family of excellent nutrition and helpful resources. purina cat chow. share a better life. puri♪ cat chow. [ male announcer ] ever have morning pain slow you down?
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we're now six months into the president's health care reform act, and new reforms kick in today affecting both your coverage and wallet. we will break down the changes with stephanie elam on the money side and elizabeth cohen with coverage. who do today's changes impact? >> i think it's important to say they don't impact everyone who is lacking insurance. 50 million americans don't have insurance. not all of them are going to get relief today. today's changes are for smesk subgroups of people who need
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help. interesting to see if they actually get the help they're supposed to get. >> so give us some specific examples of some of the changes that we're going to see. >> we brought back the avatars to describe exactly who is supposed to get help today. so starting today, let's take a look at someone who we made up called soon to be sick samuel. we looked into a crystal ball and we know that samuel is about to get a terrible illness like, let's say, cancer, that will cost millions of dollars to treat. in the past, what's happened is insurance companies have said, all right, you hit your lifetime limit. we insured up up to is million. you can't have any more. with the health care reform provision going into effect today, they can't drop him after he gets his diagnosis and can't do the lifetime capitals on care. let me give you another example of someone who will be helped. healthy helen. she's doing great.
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she's happy. she wants preventive care but her current insurance won't cover it. she has to pay for it. the provisions for health care reform that go into effect today, what they'll do is they will tell insurance companies that you've got to pay for preventive care for things such as blood pressure checks, mammograms at certain ages, cervical cancer checks and depression. now, there's a long list of what insurance is supposed to pay for for preventive care starting today for both men and women, and you can get a look at cnnhealth.com. my colleague has written a wonderful article that details all of the changes that take effect as we speak. >> you also have a special coming up. >> october 2nd and 3rd, being an empowered patient and how to take it advantage of it. a week from this weekend, 7:00. health care reform was
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supposed to bring cost down but your insurance premiums probably won't be falling any time soon. stephanie elam has that part of this. why are costs still rising, steph? >> you listen to all of the new provisions elizabeth explained to us. well, they're costing insurance companies more, and most of them will pass that on to the likes you and me. a human resources consultant says on average, they expect health care to rise nearly 6% next year, about what we have been seeing the last few years but the companies surveyed say more than 2% of the latest increase is directly tied to these new health care provisions. how much your plan goes up will depend on what your coverage was before health care reform. in general, mercer says you can expect to see higher co-pay the, deductibles and premiums if you get your insurance through your job like most americans do. if you do get your insurance privately, you may be hit with
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bigger premiums hikes, double digit increases in some states but regulators are watching to make sure insurance companies aren't using health care reform to impose unjustified rate hikes. >> when will we see costs stop skyrocketing? >> a government report says at least five years before health care spending slows down. they're predicting a spike from this year through 2014 as more uninsured people get access to care, and then slow down through 2015 and 2019, and long term a bigger pool of people will reduce pressure. whether that happens remains to be seen. listen to this. >> health care reform has provided benefits to some people who were vulnerable. there's no question to that. the real question is as we implement it over time is the cost, because if it leads to making it less affordable for
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other people presently cover, we'll have vulnerable people there, too. >> but, if you ask the obama administration, they say healthy reform -- health reforms here have already started to lower costs for some people. seniors enrolled in private insurance plans through medicare will see average preups fall 1% next year. we saw blue cross/blue shield of north carolina refund is $55 million to clients due to the health care reform. whether it will low are the cost to most americans, no, it's not done and will rage on for a while. >> thanks, steph. nearly 15 million americans are unemployed. we're going to try to reduce that number by one. we will talk to a supply chain expert who had a job for 35 years. joblessness is new to her. t day. oh, it's not just today.
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house republicans released a pledge to america this morning. the 21-page document is a blueprint for governing. should the gop win control of congress in november. take that listen. >> this pledge recognizes that the problems the american people face are beyond washington's ability to solve those problems through overspending and hyper regulation. the great promise and salvation of this country has always been the power of the american people to seek and create solutions. >> dana bash has been plowing over that pledge as well.
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she joins us with more. >> reporter: this event just ended. it was going on while the president was speaking in new york. this is what all of these republican lawmakers were holding up, and effectively the message they're trying to get across here is, we're listening. we hear you. we understand you are frustrated with washington and don't really like us very much, either, because from your perspective republicans are creatures of washington. they're reiterating a lot of what we heard before, that they want to cut spending, make tax cuts permanent and put something new pieces in here, trying to reach out and assuage some of the anger out there at the way congress works. there are some things in here, for example, that talk about the fact that they will have bills ready to read for the american public and for members of congress for three days before they are actually voted on. things like that, that they say they really hope get out there. but one thing that was very
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interesting is that there were a lot of people here at this press conference that tried to get answers on specifics, for example, spending. the would-be speaker, john boehner, he said, look, i want to cut spending back to the levels of 2008. well, how would you do that? a lot of things in here that aren't answer, and that is something that, perhaps, they're going to have to try to answer because it's not just reporters that want the answer but people they are trying to reach. broad ideas, where are the specifics? >> dana bash, thank you. this is coming on the heels of new unemployment numbers this morning. we learned 465,000 americans filed first-time claims for benefits last week, higher than the 450,000 economists expected. the worst than expected played on the nerves of investors and caused the dow to sink at the opening bell. you might be familiar with cheryl's story. she had a job with the same company for 35 years, and then earlier this year, her job was
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outsourced to mexico and singapore. now, for the first time since the 1970s, she's looking for work. this mother of two and grandmother of three joins us live from orlando. cheryl, this has to be tough, starting a job search at this stage in your life and career. >> absolutely, kyra. it's very scary, but yet invigorating because you realize how much you know, but the techniques that you have to use for getting a job are different now. it's really networking. it's linkedin and things like that. that's why i jumped at the chance to be on your show. >> it's interesting. you say the's invigorating. rarely i hear that. i hear it's stressful and painful and hard to get through. why do you say it's invigorating? >> it's all of those but it's invigorating because you realize how talented you are based on the experience you have. but at the same time it's frustrating because you want to help other companies but the key
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words on the computers don't always match up, and, therefore, you're tossed out without even seeing a person face to face. >> well, i'll tell you what, we want to get you face to face with a lot of people. cheryl, are you ready to start your 30-second pitch? >> let me take a deep breath and i'm ready to go. >> go ahead when you're ready. >> i'm a global supply chain manager with strong international experience in organize kel system, process improvement, logistics and customer service. in costa rica, i observed an active volcano and realized how it resembles a supply change employee with unexpected demands and constant eruptions. i'm a leader who thrives on volcanic change and seeking a position to direct a team to use innovation in the entire supply change to balance customer service, inventory and balls and
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warehouse management costs. >> wonderful. cheryl, thank you for sharing your story for us and please keep us updated on what happens. >> i will. >> if you are out of work and want to sell yourself to prospective employers, let us know. if you want to hire our 30-second pitchers, go to our blog cnn.com/kyra. you will find all of their information and their e-mails will be there as well. she's the youngest ambassador ever for unicef and selena gomez wants her fans to know there's a big world out there that needs their help. she's joining us live in a moment.
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decade. she's joins us from new york. why did you choose unicef? >> actually, i have been working with them for three years now. they approached my father and it worked naturally for me because i love being able to give back and be a role model for these kids. i love being able to help as much as i can. >> tell us what the treat or treat program does. >> treat or treat has been around for years. i remember getting the little boxes at school. basically what i like to do -- it's the best time for unicef because you can encourage kids to trick or treat for unicef, which is taking these boxes around and asking for money. you can also get candidatedy as well. because i'm sure kids guess disappoint fundamental they don't get cannedty. it's encouraging kids to give back during the holidays. >> i remember it, too, but we're
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going back many more decades than you are going back, to the boxes in school. it's been around so long, and it's still the same little cardboard box. >> yes. >> you went to ghana. tell us about the trip, why you decided to go to ghana and what kind of impact it made on you. >> we're hoping to do another one soon. i'd love to. it was such a life-changing experience being able to hear these kids stories my age and younger, being able to see these families, what they do, and how hard they work, and seeing all of these kids die every day from preventible causes really just breaks my heart. i gained so much going. i gained education and literally felt so humbled after that. >> you mingled with so many of the kids and held them in your arms and took pictures and had conversations. is there anything that stands out to you, what they said to you or how they reacted to you,
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questions that they asked you that maybe you didn't expect? >> honestly, the one story that stuck with me was this one kid who i talked to said that he wanted to go around encouraging adults to let him have an education, and he's had a shotgun to his head because he wanted an education, and he was smiling when he was telling me that story because he said, you know, i go around wanting an education, and i think about going to school and saying, gosh, i don't cant to do homework or that, and he wanted it, and he was 14 years old. it was incredible to hear his story. >> i'm listening to you at 18 years old, there are a number of teens that get really lucky and make it in the music industry and television industry and don't give back like this, you know. selena, they get really wrapped up in the material and fame. it's hard to take on when you're a teenager. what do you say to others in
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your business, in your industry, that -- why they should get involved and to give back like this. what it does for your character? >> my thing is not only does it build your character. it makes you a stronger person. i just think that we're the next generation up, and it's our job to spread the word about everything going 0 in the world because half of the kids that i was telling my story to, going to ghana, they didn't even know where that was. so i just feel like we have a voice now, and we are the next generation. so i just encourage kids my age and younger to help out as much as they possibly can in any little way and it start, with using your voice. >> selena gomez, you can keep doing more. we want to keep hearing more good stories about you. >> thank you. >> there are a lot of ways to donate, online, by phone or mail. go to treat or treat